Emirates Mars environment probe to make history

July 14, 2020

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hope Mars satellite mission will launch from Tanegashima Space Center on a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ H-IIA two-stage rocket. Due to arrive in February 2021, the UAE’s 50th birthday year, Hope Mars is the first planetary mission attempted by any Arab country.

The UAE leads the mission in collaboration with the Universities of Colorado-Boulder, California-Berkley and Arizona State. The probe was built by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai.

The probe will orbit Mars, collecting data for two years, with an option for a further two years. The mission is designed to investigate: the differences between the current and ancient climate of Mars; the loss of hydrogen and oxygen from the Martian atmosphere; and the relationship between the lower and upper atmosphere. It will also be expected to provide a global picture of Martian atmospheric changes daily, seasonally and yearly.

Hope’s arrival at Mars in 2021 will highlight the UAE’s Jubilee Year, and the mission is aimed at demonstrating how far the country has come since its founding on Dec 2, 1971.